Sefton gun and gang crime tackled by police task forces

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Two police task forces have been set up to tackle gun and gang crime in Sefton after four shootings in the area in the past 12 months.

The groups have been set up by Jane Kennedy, police and crime commissioner for Merseyside.

Ms Kennedy told Sefton Labour MP Bill Esterson about the move when she met him to discuss the shootings.

It comes after a house was shot at on Parkbourn Square, Maghull, at about 00:15 GMT on Monday.

A black S-Type Jaguar car stopped outside the house and fired at a window before driving off. The car was later found burnt out on Pilling Lane.

'Safe place'

During the meeting between Mr Esterson and members of Merseyside Police Federation in parliament on Monday, Ms Kennedy also said police would be working more closely with Sefton Council, and had been allowed access to the borough's live network of CCTV.

Mr Esterson said he welcomed the move.

He said: "I, like every other resident in Maghull, am totally shocked that there has been another shooting in my home town.

"I have already had a number of emails from residents who are asking just what is going on. They are concerned about what is happening.

"This is a lovely, quiet residential community, which is a very safe place to live. It is where I've chosen to bring up my young family.

"But we need to get to the bottom of why this shooting happened and make sure it remains an isolated incident."

He urged anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

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